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Much of the information in This
Week In Wrestling is researched from Wrestling
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the milestones of professional wrestling!
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June 10 -
Here is some extra
coverage of some major events:
defends against Ted DiBiase
in St. Louis Checkerdome
NWA World Heavyweight Championship
Race vs Ted DiBiase
Flair & Ken Patera vs Dusty Rhodes & Dick the
June 12, 1981
It was the beginning of
the end of the glory days for St. Louis wrestling.
About a year before
venerable St. Louis promoter Sam Muchnick retired, he put
together a masterpiece for a packed house at the St. Louis
Missouri state heavyweight
champion Ted DiBiase culminated a year long chase of Harley
Race and the NWA World heavyweight championship with a
final showdown in St. Louis' biggest venue.
The quest to get this
title match was nearly as difficult as winning the title
DiBiase actually pinned
Race in a title match in St. Louis earlier in the year, only to
have the decision reversed and see Race be declared the winner
DiBiase then saw Nature
Boy Ric Flair make a St. Louis assault on Race in a match
that ended in a time limit draw.
DiBiase claimed to be the
number one contender for the World title because he was the
Missouri state champion and had actually pinned Race in a title
Flair disputed DiBiase's
claim. Flair said that DiBiase's pin didn't count and that
DiBiase had actually lost to Race because the official decision
in the record book had Race winning by disqualification. Flair
furthered his claim by stating that he was the one that Race
couldn't beat, since Flair and Race had gone to an hour draw..
To get this title match,
DiBiase had to successfully defend his state title against
Flair a few weeks earlier in a match.
A lot of experts
considered DiBiase the man that would win the World title from
Race and thought this would be his ascension to the
Instead, Race turned back
DiBiase and kept the belt.
But Race's days were
numbered as champion.
Ironically, it would be
the semifinal event that would produce the men that would
Dusty Rhodes and
Flair were on opposite sides of the tag team semifinal. Flair
teamed with Ken Patera while Rhodes sided with St. Louis
legend Dick the Bruiser.
Only 9 days later, Rhodes
would beat Race to capture his second NWA World heavyweight
championship. About three months later in Kansas City, Flair
would beat Rhodes and begin his domination of the World
Other future champions on
the bill were Jack Brisco and Kerry Von Erich.
Ironically, DiBiase, while
being considered one of the greatest wrestlers of his era,
never held the World title.
vs Mark Lewin
the Butcher vs Dusty Rhodes
June 11, 1976
vs 5 min w/ Heenan
Bockwinkel vs Junkyard Dog
Bockwinkel wins, he gets JYD's crown. If JYD wins, he
gets 5 minutes in the ring with Bobby Heenan
Lucas & Ricky Morton vs Gino Hernandez &
June 11, 1982
June 12, 1974
Chris Santen vs.
Sailor Jack Lewis
June 13, 1933
World Heavyweight Title
Lou Thesz vs. Al Massey
June 13, 1952
Texas Heavyweight Title
Turbellino Blanco vs.
Killer Joe Christy
Texas Brass Knucks title
Bull Curry vs. Tony Borne
June 13, 1960
(seconded by Penny Banner)
vs. Tony Borne
June 13, 1963
Fritz Von Erich vs.
Bull Curry & Ox Baker
(Von Erich in back to back singles matches against both men.
Von Erich must win both or lose).
June 14, 1965
Tag Team Main Event
Ernie Ladd & Bull
Curry vs. Killer Karl Kox & Mark Lewin
June 14, 1965
George Becker &
Johnny Weaver vs.
Tom Bradley & Pancho Valdez
June 14, 1969
World Heavyweight Title
Jack Brisco vs. Dory
Tag Team Match
Al Madril & David
Von Erich & King Kong Bundy vs.
Wild Bill Irwin & Frank
Dusek & Richard Blood
June 14, 1974
June 16, 1932
Team Main Event
Bull Curry &
Wahoo McDaniel vs. Johnny Valentine & Baron Von
June 16, 1969
June 16, 1969
Funk Jr. vs. Ox Baker
June 16, 1972
Jerry Lawler vs.
June 16, 1982
Steamboat vs. Ivan Koloff
June 16, 1984
- Ricky Steamboat
Jones with a fake knee injury to reverse the Indian
death lock for the pin at the Civic Center in Asheville, NC.
This ends Jones' 368-day reign as “NWA” television
champion, making him the longest-reigning TV champ in the
combined history of Jim Crockett Promotions/World Championship
Wrestling (a record which stands to this day).
- Harley Race pins Ric Flair in St. Louis to regain the NWA World title, setting up a
classic bounty feud which leads to the very first Starrcade closed-circuit spectacular.
can now witness this historic match when you order Wrestling
World heavyweight championship series.
- Superstar Billy Graham
downs Billy Jack Haynes
in Orlando to win the “NWA” Florida state heavyweight title
as recognized by the NWA group in Florida.
these two powerhouses on display at Wrestling Classics in
sizzling action from the Sunshine
– The late Jumbo
Tsuruta & Yoshiaki
Yatsu beat the Road
Warriors (Mike "Hawk" Hegstrand & Joe "Animal" Laurindas) in Tokyo to retain their Pacific
Wrestling Federation tag straps and capture the “NWA”
International tag belts. This creates the All Japan Double
(World) tag-team championship.
the globe-trotting LOD as they battle Jerry
“The King” Lawler & “The
Universal Hearthrob” Austin Idol (Dennis
McCord) in Memphis
and The Sheepherders in San
- Riki Choshu & Masa Saito beat Tatsumi
"Dragon" Fujinami & Kengo
Kimura in Hiroshima to win the tag-team IWGP (International
Wrestling Grand Prix).
- Dick the Bruiser (Dick Afflis) beats Cowboy Bob
Ellis in Detroit, MI to capture the “NWA” U.S. title.
out the Bruiser in Wrestling Classics’ Indianapolis
collection, available now in our video store.
is featured in action from the International
- Greg "The
Hammer" Valentine beats Chief
Wahoo McDaniel at WRAL studios in Raleigh, NC during a
taping of Mid-Atlantic
Championship Wrestling to win the Mid-Atlantic heavyweight
title. In the process, Valentine sets off one of the most
legendary feuds in the history of Jim Crockett Promotions (The
"No More Wahoo" feud) by breaking McDaniel's leg.
men are featured in matches promoted by Jim
Crockett Promotions and on sale now in the Wrestling
Classics video store.
- Toshiaki Kawada
& Akira Taue
beat Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta
Kobashi in Tokyo to win the All Japan Double (World) tag
- Fred Blassie (Fred Blassman) beats Edouard
Carpentier to capture the WWA World title at the Olympic
Auditorium in Los Angeles after the doctor stops the match due
to an injury to Carpentier.
- Jim Hady beats Ray Stevens for the Honolulu version of the NWA U.S. championship.
out the legendary Stevens in six-man action along with the
likes of Blackjack
Mulligan, Baron Von
Raschke, Dick the Bruiser, Sailor Art
Thomas, and The
Crusher. It’s available in the Indianapolis
collection at Wrestling Classics.
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